Stanton woman injured after crash on M-66

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A two-car accident closed M-66 just north of Holland Lake Road for almost two hours Friday afternoon. — Courtesy photo

SIDNEY TOWNSHIP — A Stanton woman was airlifted to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital Friday afternoon after sustaining serious but nonlife-threatening injuries after a two-car crash on M-66, just north of Holland Lake Road.

Troopers from the Michigan State Police Lakeview post are investigating the accident, which occurred at 2:05 p.m. when a vehicle traveling northbound on M-66 lost control, crossed the center line and collided with a southbound vehicle.

A 38-year-old Stanton woman, the lone occupant of the southbound vehicle, was pinned in. M-66 was closed for nearly two hours while emergency crews worked to free the driver. She was then taken via AeroMed to Butterworth.

A 19-year-old male from Kentwood was the lone occupant of the northbound vehicle. He was treated and released at the scene. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

Findings will be forwarded to the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office. Names of the driver’s have not been released.

Assistance at the accident scene was provided by the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, AeroMed, Sheridan Fire Department, Montcalm County Ambulance, Belts Towing and Safety First Towing.

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One confirmed dead in Sheridan two-car accident

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One person is confirmed dead and another was flown to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids after crashing in Sheridan. (Daily News/Cory Smith)

SHERIDAN – One person is confirmed dead and another was flown to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids after crashing in Sheridan.

According to Sgt. Mike Williams of the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, two vehicles, a blazer and mini-van, were involved in an accident at the intersection of M-66 and Sessions Road.

“One person is confirmed to be a fatal,” Williams said. “The other was flown by Aero-Med to Grand Rapids.”

The crash happened around 5:30 p.m., Sunday, and closed a section of M-66 from Sessions to M-57.

Williams said more information will be released after the preliminary investigation in complete.

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Car chase ends with crash in Greenville (Photo Gallery)

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Emergency Medical Services attend to a suspect after he crashed into a tree at the intersection of Judd and Marvel streets in Greenville. (Daily News/Cory Smith)

By Kelli Ameling and Cory Smith

GREENVILLE – A police pursuit ended in Greenville after a white Buick crashed into a ravine.

Sgt. Dennis Magirl of the Greenville Department of Public Safety said the chase began in Montcalm County north of Greenville with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police.

The exact location of where the chase started and the reasoning behind the chase has not yet been released.

The chase came through downtown Greenville on M-91. The suspect made his way to Oak Street where he drove into the faculty parking lot and playground of Baldwin Heights Elementary School and then pulled out on Faber Street.

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The suspect then headed west on Judd Street where he missed the curve to turn on to Marvel Street and drove his Buick into the ravin where he struck a tree on the property of the former Greenville Country Club.

“He has facial lacerations and was the (only) occupant (in the car),” Magirl said.

The suspect was handcuffed and taken to Spectrum Health United Hospital by ambulance after being treated on the scene by Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

The pursuit and crash is being handled by the sheriff’s office with help from the Michigan State Police, Magirl said.

Witnesses at the scene of the accident said they watched the car drive down Judd Street and crash. They said the car did not have a left front tire or headlight.

Updates will follow when more information is given.

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Trufant man loses pole barn, pickup truck in fire (Gallery)

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Lakeview District firefighters look on as a fire that destroyed a pole barn in Trufant is contained. (Cory Smith/Daily News)

TRUFANT — A pole barn and partially restored Chevy pickup truck were destroyed in a fire Thursday afternoon at 552 S. Masters Rd.

Stan Wills was resting in his home around 3 p.m. when a firefighter began banging on his front door and ringing his doorbell to alarm him of the fire.

“I was inside my house laying down when a firefighter rang my door bell,” he said. “I looked out the window and couldn’t believe it. My barn was on fire.”

Wills said he and the firefighter used his own hose to spray down the nearby propane tank, about 15 feet from the pole barn, until assistance from Lakeview District and Maple Valley Township fire departments arrived.

Maple Valley Township Fire Chief Dan Kain said when firefighters arrived on scene the fire was fully involved.

“The fire is under control, we’re just putting out the remaining hot spots,” he said. “But the pole barn is a complete loss.”

Kain said the cause of the fire is not known and is “still under investigation.”

No one was harmed in the fire, something Wills said he was very thankful for.

“I was just working in that barn earlier today,” he said. “Things like my 1983 Chevy pickup truck, lumber and other things I had in there can be replaced, but people can’t.”

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Trufant man loses pole barn, pickup truck in fire (Gallery)

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Lakeview District firefighters look on as a fire that destroyed a pole barn in Trufant is contained. (Cory Smith/Daily News)

TRUFANT — A pole barn and partially restored Chevy pickup truck were destroyed in a fire Thursday afternoon at 552 S. Masters Rd.

Stan Wills was resting in his home around 3 p.m. when a firefighter began banging on his front door and ringing his doorbell to alarm him of the fire.

“I was inside my house laying down when a firefighter rang my door bell,” he said. “I looked out the window and couldn’t believe it. My barn was on fire.”

Wills said he and the firefighter used his own hose to spray down the nearby propane tank, about 15 feet from the pole barn, until assistance from Lakeview District and Maple Valley Township fire departments arrived.

Maple Valley Township Fire Chief Dan Kain said when firefighters arrived on scene the fire was fully involved.

“The fire is under control, we’re just putting out the remaining hot spots,” he said. “But the pole barn is a complete loss.”

Kain said the cause of the fire is not known and is “still under investigation.”

No one was harmed in the fire, something Wills said he was very thankful for.

“I was just working in that barn earlier today,” he said. “Things like my 1983 Chevy pickup truck, lumber and other things I had in there can be replaced, but people can’t.”

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Divers recover body of missing Tri County student

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PIERSON TOWNSHIP- Montcalm County Sheriff’s divers have recovered the body of a 16-year-old Tri County student 38 hours after a boating incident.

Dalton Gustinis (from his Facebook page)

The body of Dalton Gustinis was recovered at 2 p.m. today about 300 yards southwest of the boat launch in the center of the lake in about 35 feet of water, according to Montcalm County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Russell.

Divers from Kent County and Montcalm County recovered Gustinis after using sonar equipment to locate the body.

Gustinis was wearing heavy work boots, which likely made it difficult to swim, according to Russell.

Deputies were dispatched to Little Whitefish Lake in Pierson Township at about 12:30 a.m. Friday.

Gustinis, Nathan Mackenzie and David Vandyke, all 16-year-old students at Tri County High School, launched a 14-foot aluminum boat at the public boat launch. A short time later, the boat began to take on water and capsized, according to deputies.

The teenagers attempted to swim back to the boat launch but Gustinis was separated from Mackenzie and VanDyke. When the two teenagers returned to shore, they discovered their friend was missing.

None of the teens were wearing lifejackets.

Russell said Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services transported Gustinis’ body to a secluded location where Gustinis’ family was able to say goodbye to the 16-year-old and begin to find some closure.

“This was a big operation,” Russell said. “It’s a lot of relief for the family and for our guys as well.”

Kent County and Ottawa County sheriff’s officials assisted Montcalm County in search and recovery efforts starting around 12:30 a.m. Friday. Divers searched the area until dusk the next evening, then returned at about 8 a.m. this morning.

“We couldn’t have done it with their manpower and technology,” Russell said. “I’m not sure with the size of this lake we would have had the resources and technology to make the recovery by ourselves.”

Russell said his officers will meet this evening to debrief, as well as to clean up their search and rescue equipment.

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Sheridan man suffered serious injuries from morning accident

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A 19-year-old Sheridan man was treated for serious head and back injury after being ejected from his vehicle at 4 a.m. this morning.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the rollover accident on W. M-57 near Lake Road. Christopher Niles was driving a Ford Explorer eastbound when he lost control of the vehicle and went off the roadway, where the vehicle rolled multiple times.

Niles was not wearing a seatbelt was ejected from the vehicle.

AeroMed transported Niles to Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids to be treated for apparent serious head and back injuries.

M-57 was shut down for nearly three hours while officers investigated the accident, and  alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies were assisted by the Greenville Department of Public Safety and Montcalm County Emergency Services.

The sheriff’s deputies will continue to investigate this accident.

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Greenville woman dies after motorcycle accident in Ionia

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IONIA — A Greenville woman died Wednesday night after colliding with a car while riding a motorcycle.

Michigan State Police troopers from the Ionia Post are investigating the accident, which occurred at 10:10 p.m. at the intersection of M-66 and Dildine Road.

The 33-year-old Greenville woman was traveling north on M-66 when she collided with a car pulling onto northbound M-66 from Dildine Road. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the car was a 19-year-old male from Ionia. He was treated for minor injuries at Sparrow Hospital of Ionia.

Names will be released pending notification of family members.

Troopers were assisted on the scene by the Ionia Department of Public Safety, the Ionia County Sheriff’s Department and Life EMS.

According to the State Police, alcohol does not appear to be a factor at this time. The crash remains under investigation.

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Prison absconder threatens elderly couple with knife near Belding

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OTISCO TOWNSHIP — A man who absconded from prison entered an elderly couple’s home this morning, threatened them with a knife, assaulted the woman and then fled before being apprehended by police.
Ionia County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home in the 9000 block of W. Belding Road at about 9:30 a.m. today after a reported attempted armed robbery.
A 26-year-old man allegedly gained access to the home of an elderly couple at about 7:30 a.m., explaining that he was in trouble and needed help, according to Undersheriff Dale Miller. The man’s stories kept changing. First, he told the couple he’d been in a fight, then said he had car trouble.
“They were trying to be nice and help him out,” said Miller of the elderly couple.
After the man had been in the home about two hours, he allegedly took a knife that was in the home and threatened the couple, telling them to give him money. The man allegedly began to assault the elderly woman, but she managed to fight him off. After the altercation, the man fled the home.
The elderly woman was not injured in the altercation.
Various witnesses described seeing the man in the area. The man knocked on the doors of other homes in the neighborhood, but was turned away by the residents.
A perimeter was set up and an Ionia County Sheriff K9 unit was brought in and began to track the suspect in the area where he was last seen. The man was observed by officers fleeing west from the perimeter area. Officers pursued the man west into a wooded swamp. After a foot chase by Ionia County Sheriff’s detectives, the man was apprehended.
Woodview Elementary School on Orchard Street in Belding was placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure.
The man’s name is being withheld pending his arraignment Wednesday on multiple charges. He is believed to be from the Belding or Grand Rapids area and had absconded from prison.
The Belding Police Department and the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post assisted at the scene.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Ionia County Sheriff Office at (616) 527-5737.

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